Chinese Intelligence Officer Arrested For Allegedly Spying On US Aviation Companies

Chinese Intelligence Officer Arrested For Allegedly Spying On US Aviation Companies

The Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday against a suspected Chinese spy for allegedly conducting economic espionage and trying to steal trade secrets from US aerospace companies.

Ji's indictment said he had been recruited to help identify potential recruitment targets for the MSS official.

FBI Counterintelligence Assistant Director Bill Priestap said the arrest and extradition are unprecedented and "exposes the Chinese government's direct oversight of economic espionage against the United States".

At a press conference Wednesday, Justice Department officials declined to say if the unnamed employee will face charges.

"No one begrudges a nation that generates the most innovative ideas and from them develops the best technology", Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said.

We can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower. "We will not tolerate a nation that reaps what it does not sow".

Xu made his initial appearance in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday.

The DOJ said Xu is a top member of the Ministry of State Security - the Chinese intelligence agency whose members have permission to spy in China and around the world.

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The U.S. Department of Justice headquarters building is seen in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2018.

The indictment said Xu was the deputy division director with the Ministry of State Security's Jiangsu State Security Department. "It significantly raises the stakes for China and is a part of the deterrence program that some people thought would never be possible". GE Aviation has spent decades developing its unique jet engines and fan blades.

He made contact with experts and recruited them to travel to China, often for the initial objective of delivering a university presentation and paying their costs and a stipend, the Justice Department said.

"I can't recall an economic espionage case where we first arrested the person they were running inside the United States and then got the person running him from overseas, " said Carlin, author of the forthcoming book Dawn of the Code War.

A GE Aviation spokesman confirmed that the employee no longer works for the company, but declined to say if the departure was related to the investigation. Xu's co-conspirators told the employee that they wished the presentation to focus on highly technical information such as how a material would be applied for use in aeroengines. "Engineers are working hard to resolve the issue fully".

The indictment against Xu said he targeted aviation firms since around December 2013. "Companies should also see that working together with federal law enforcement authorities, as in this case, those attempted thefts can be thwarted and foreign actors can be brought to trial for their actions - working together, we can stop China's efforts to steal the intellectual property of American companies".

Ji targeted individuals in science and tech industries, seven of whom worked for or recently retired from United States defence contractors. The pair were said to have specifically targeted techies who were naturalized United States citizens born in China or Taiwan.

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